A Priest Life

"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing." -St. Paul

Month: April, 2012

This life allows me to value one day more than I used to

Today, I arrived in Washington D.C. for the Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School 8th grade trip. Since my plane arrived earlier than the rest of the group, I had a chance to visit with one of my classmates. We were catching up on the joys of being new priests. “How do you like priesthood?” I […]

Delightfully unexpected

Priesthood: expect the unexpected. I think about that saying quite a bit. Today, it’s perfect. Sitting at my desk, I was working furiously on the tasks that need to be completed before I leave this weekend for Washington D.C. with the 8th graders from our school. A knock came at my door: “There’s a woman […]

Love endures

Standing in front of everyone at the Knights of Columbus meeting, I was preparing to begin our prayer service. “I’ve never done this before! I guess this is part of being newly ordained!” I smiled as everyone in the hall laughed. I’ve had the opportunity to witness a new marriage on several occasions, but this […]

We were all made for this

Before today’s First Communion the kids were excited, to say the least. I was talking to the guys before Mass started: “Are ya’ll ready?” One of them shouted as he looked at me with a huge smile, “Fr. Jeff, I was made for this!” Immediately, his friend turned and corrected him: We were all made […]

The greatest joy I have ever known

“This Easter, I have a feeling, is going to be something special.” I remember one of classmates saying that as we talked about entering into our first Triduum as priests. All day long, the question has been the same: “Fr. Jeff, how was your Easter?” The calling of the priest is to proclaim the great […]

To testify to the truth

Good Friday is a day of great love. We celebrate the great mystery of the Redemption won by the Cross. For the second time during this Holy Week, I found myself in the role of Jesus during the reading of the Passion. This time, it was from John. It was one of those moments that […]

These are your own. Love them to the end.

Climbing the ambo to proclaim tonight’s Gospel, my eye settled on its antiphon: He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. –John 13:1 I smiled when I saw it. That was the verse from Scripture I placed on my holy card as a commemoration of my ordination to the […]

Scraped Knees (2009)

In going through some old files, I found a post I wrote back in 2009 before the creation of this blog. I think it is apt for Holy Week. Enjoy. *          *          *          * When I was a little boy, I loved to […]

Really live

“Hospice called. A priest is needed at the Veteran’s home.” It’s one of the most moving moments in a priest’s life. Preparing people for death is what we do. I knocked on his door. There was no answer. I knew his condition from our many encounters over the last few weeks, so I went in […]

Crucify him

“I look forward to Holy Week each year.” Talking to some of the altar servers before Mass, their excitement was apparent. “I do, too!” I said.” I knew that the reading of the Passion would take on new significance for me as a newly ordained priest. I was right. As a young child, the reading […]